In August 2010, Oracle decided to turned off the open source spigot and I knew that it was time for me to make a change in my career. I wasn't done with ZFS and I definitely wasn't done with the open source community.
After talking to several companies it was clear that Delphix was the best fit for me and I joined my ZFS colleague Matt Ahrens to continue working on ZFS in a new environment and on a cool application.
After joining Delphix, Matt and I talked about trying to growthe ZFS community and with the help of our colleague Adam Leventhal we started the ZFS working group. The ZFS working group was comprised of ZFS developers that we knew from several different platforms.
Our goal was to coordinate development efforts and to assure all communities that ZFS was alive and well even after Oracle. Little did we know that this was the beginning of something much larger. Unfortunately, the ZFS working group was not enough as questions about the ZFS project continued.
I remember reading a blog post from 2012 -- "ZFS: could have been the future of UNIX Filesystems". The author goes as far as stating "ZFS is essentially dead. This is a shame.... it could have been something huge". Hopefully today's announcement can change the author's mind.
Today we launch the OpenZFS project and with the help of our fellow ZFS developers from all platforms we're excited to introduce this new community. The project allows developers from any platform to come together, collaborate, innovate, and thrive. So come join the project and get involved in something huge!